You have many things vying for your attention in any given day and the desire for things to go smoothly is often very strong. With the longing to keep ripples in the ocean of life from forming, you will often make efforts to consider what others will think of your actions. However, little attention will then be given to what the Lord would have you to do. A friend’s opinion or a family member’s disfavor can unknowingly effect your decisions much more than the Word of God effects your decisions. Then your compass for your motives becomes that which surrounds you before you realize what you are doing. Why are you doing what you are doing? Colossians 3:23 states, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men….” We can easily get our focus on serving the Lord and others for the goal of pleasing self or others. Yet the Bible tells us that whatever we do it is to be done as for the Lord. So may I ask for whom you did that last act of service? Was it for the recognition of others or to get something else in return? Did your desire for service change because the response of another was not favorable? Your ministry at home, church, and work will be strengthened when your motive is clearly rooted in the Lord. Keep the Lord as your focus for why you do what you do. I’ll be looking for you this Sunday! Faithful & Forward in 2014!
Living one step at a time,
Pastor Gary Holloway